French Art from the Horvitz Collection

Oil painting by Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre, born 1713, died 1789, entitled Pan and Syrinx in 1746, oil on canvas, 90 x 141 cm

Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre (Paris 1713 - 1789), Pan and Syrinx, 1746, oil on canvas, 90 x 141 cm., Inv. no. P-F-57

Friday, May 25, 2018 to Sunday, July 29, 2018

Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection combines two exhibitions: Imaging Text: Drawings for French Book Illustration and Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century French Paintings, from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art. Created between the 16th and 19th centuries, and ranging from mythological and biblical studies to more playful imagery, the 80 works included in the exhibition vary in terms of style, genre, and period. Captured in crisp and swift pen strokes, finely modulated chalk, or brilliant colors, these captivating compositions were produced by some of the most prominent artists of their time, such as Charles Le Brun (1619 – 1690), Charles-Nicolas Cochin, the younger (1715 – 1790), and Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 – 1806).

The exhibition is curated by Alvin L. Clark, Jr, Curator, The Horvitz Collection, Department of Drawings, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums. An illustrated catalogue with an introductory essay will be available.